It’s Friday night, and you have dinner plans with your significant other at your favourite restaurant which happens to be the most sophisticated one in the city.
The reservations are set for 8:45, but being known to be fashionably late, you arrive at 9:00. As you arrive to the valet, you are greeted by the usual vehicles: variations of Porsche 911s, a selection of Mercedes S-Classes and perhaps even a few offerings from Ferrari and Lamborghini. As the valet opens your doors with a familiar hello and both of you step out of the vehicle, you catch the stares of those standing around in admiration and curiosity; first at you, then at your vehicle, then back at you, and finally back at the vehicle as the valet proceeds to gently move it away. As you walk in, you kindly smile and nod, you overhear brief whispers of people talking about your vehicle; the 2019 Bentley Contienental GT, a new class of grand tourer and one of the most anticipated new cars of the year.
Now in its third generation, and heavily influenced by the Bentley EXP 10 Speed Six Concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, the new Continental GT represents Bentley’s latest design language both inside and out. The sleek and handsome exterior lines, with notable rear arches are reminiscent of the Bentley S1 Continental Coupe from the early 1950s. Under its bonnet, the Bentley is powered by your choice of a 6.0L twin-turbo W12 engine that produces 664 hp and 626 lb ft. of torque, or a 4.2L twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the engine, the Continental GT is able to reach 0-100 km/h in either 3.6 or 4.0 seconds which is impressive no matter the decision.
In typical Bentley fashion, the interior of the Continental GT is in a class of its own. With an ample amount of the world’s finest leather and a tasteful amount of wood and chrome throughout, the attention to detail is second to none. Compared to its predecessor, and for any Bentley for that matter, the new Continental GT’s infotainment system is the most advanced one yet. Fast and responsive, the new system is a combination of what can be found from other brands within the VW AG Group (specifically Porsche and Audi).
Tired of seeing the 12.3 inch display within your sight while driving? Bentley has a solution for that with their industry-first rotating display. At the touch of a button the screen can rotate to either a clean vintage-inspired dashboard, or can reveal three dials displaying outside temperature, a compass, and a chronometer. Simply brilliant and a feature that even James Bond would find clever!
Available in coupe and convertible, the new Bentley Continental GT is expected to hit the Canadian market this summer with an estimated starting price of $250,000. Collins and I recently had the opportunity to attend the Montreal unveiling of the Bentley Continental GT Convertible at Decarie Motors which you can see in the photos below!
To learn more and to configure your very own Contintenal GT, visit: www.bentleymotors.com
Written by Johnathan Rothman (@thejohnrothman)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello! My name is Johnathan, automotive aficionado and die-hard brunch enthusiast. When I am not working you can find me at automotive events with a either a glass of whiskey, cigar in hand, or a cup of coffee close by. My love for automobiles at a young age led me to being featured on "LIVE with Regis and Kathie Lee" at the age of three years old. Fast forward to present day, I am thrilled to be here sharing the latest news from the automotive industry as well as my knowledge and passion for all things automotive.